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Sandy Hook Closed to Visitors Following Gov't Shutdown

Gateway National Recreation Area is one of parks within the U.S. National Park Service.

Sandy Hook, NJ is part of the Gateway National Park and run by the federal government.
Sandy Hook, NJ is part of the Gateway National Park and run by the federal government.
Gateway National Recreation Area -- which includes Sandy Hook -- is closed to visitors today following the government shutdown that began today, according to the Facebook page

Here are facts directly from the National Park Service's contingency plan, prepared in advance for the event of a government shutdown.

Services and programs that will be ceased 

• All national parks will be closed and secured.

• Visitor centers and other facilities will be closed.

• Education programs and special events will be canceled.

• Permits for special events will be rescinded.

• Guests staying in hotels and campgrounds will be notified of the closure and given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.


Services and programs that will remain operational:

• Law enforcement including the U.S. Park Police and emergency and disaster assistance.

• Firefighting and monitoring.

• Border and coastal protection and surveillance.

• Limited management of ongoing projects that are funded from non-lapsing appropriations.

• Access to through roads.


Maria Pugliese-Murphy October 02, 2013 at 02:00 PM
My oldest son's school is on Sandy Hook, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST). They will not allow any before or after activities. Parents are not able to pick up their children. The Sophmore class was supposed to do their sand sculptures this Friday but it has been postponed. These kids were hit hard last year with Superstorm Sandy where they were displaced till this September. I feel bad for the students and staff there.

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